Report: Texas State to join Sun Belt Conference in 2013

By Kevin Kelley -

Texas StateThe WAC is all but done as a football conference. Texas State is reportedly heading to the Sun Belt Conference in 2013.

The Bobcats haven’t even played a game as a WAC member yet. They officially join the conference on July 1 and the 2012 season will also be their first in the Football Bowl Subdivision.

Texas State joins a long list of schools jumping from the WAC ship. Louisiana Tech and UTSA are moving to Conference USA and San Jose State and Utah State heading to the MWC.

With Georgia State joining the Sun Belt in 2013 and Florida International and North Texas rumored to be leaving for C-USA, here is what the SBC might look like next season:

Sun Belt Conference

Arkansas State, Florida Atlantic, Georgia State, Middle Tennessee, South Alabama, Texas State, Troy, Western Kentucky, UL Lafayette, ULM

Related Stories:

  1. Runner
    April 30, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    Thought for sure you guys were going to MWC. Looking forward to Nov. 24th game in the Alamodome. Go RUNNERS!

  2. NateTCU
    May 1, 2012 at 9:20 am

    That leaves Idaho and New Mexico St, the MWC could add them and go to 12 teams. It would setup an easy division split too
    Air Force
    Colorado St
    New Mexico
    New Mexico St
    Utah St

    Fresno St
    San Jose St

    • Maize_in_Spartyland
      May 1, 2012 at 10:44 am

      That’s one option, but the Sun Belt is the other. I’m not sure Idaho and New Mexico State add any value to the MWC other than allowing a conference title game.

      Both were in the Sun Belt for some time so that seems like a natural landing spot for them, despite the distance. Regardless, I would think Idaho and NMST are a package deal, bringing either conference to 12 teams

      Could be an East-West split the SBC:

      Florida Atlantic
      Georgia State
      Middle Tennessee
      South Alabama
      Western Kentucky

      Arkansas State
      New Mexico State
      Texas State

    • NateTCU
      May 1, 2012 at 12:08 pm

      Good point. I think NMSU is a much safer place than Idaho. If all else fails NMSU can lean on the state legislature to force New Mexico to protect them. Similar to how Texas Tech used to state legislature to force Texas and Texas A&M to make Tech a package deal when the Big 12 started.

  3. Clinton
    May 1, 2012 at 11:44 am

    Where is Florida International? I thought they were in the Sun Belt.